Switch to a trade ca­reer

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Tak­ing a leap of faith into a ca­reer as a pipe layer at 19 has paid off for Dy­lan Sam­son.

Now 23, Dy­lan is a water retic­u­la­tion tech­ni­cian in charge of his own crew for Allen's United Drainage and Earth­works in Hamilton and is lov­ing ev­ery minute of it.

It's a world away from a ca­reer as a PE teacher Dy­lan be­gan train­ing for when he first left Cam­bridge High School.

“I wasn't re­ally en­joy­ing what I was do­ing, and I saw the ad for an ap­pren­tice­ship on­line and just de­cided to give it a go. I didn't even know what the job in­volved,” he says. What ap­pealed was that an ap­pren­tice­ship of­fered the abil­ity to earn while he learned.

Af­ter a lit­tle re­search, Dy­lan de­cided the va­ri­ety of work and the chance to work out­doors was just what he was look­ing for.

Al­most four years on from de­cid­ing to join Allen's United Drainage and Earth­works as a trainee, Dy­lan is a highly val­ued and hard­work­ing mem­ber of the team.

He has re­cently com­pleted his Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Water Retic­u­la­tion — level 3 through Con­nexis, the In­fra­struc­ture In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion and now look­ing at the New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate in Pipe In­stal­la­tion (Level 4), which will lead him to Civil Trade Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. In April, he was named Trainee of the Year at the Civil Con­trac­tors New Zealand Waikato awards.

It's taken some hard work and com­mit­ment, but Dy­lan says it is ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing to have it pay off.

“It wasn't so long ago that I came in and just had to do what the bosses told me. Now I am the guy telling other peo­ple what to do. That's quite a good feel­ing.”

He thinks the re­spon­si­bil­ity of train­ing and hav­ing more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties has led him to be more con­fi­dent in all ar­eas of his life.

Dy­lan is glad he found a job he re­ally en­joys and would rec­om­mend it to other young peo­ple look­ing for a good ca­reer.

Dy­lan now owns his own home.

“It's a huge achieve­ment — not everyone can say that. This job has also helped me sup­port my fam­ily and be­ing able to do that com­fort­ably means a lot.

“I think that op­por­tu­nity to earn while you're on the job and train­ing is a re­ally big ben­e­fit. I know lots of peo­ple who are full­time stu­dents and they're al­ways stressed and strug­gling with money. With a trade, you're earn­ing some­thing straight away and there are lots of chances to move up the lad­der.”

He's look­ing for­ward to what the fu­ture holds.

“I just want to keep train­ing and learn­ing and do­ing what I'm do­ing. I love it.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Dy­lan Sam­son, 23, water retic­u­la­tion tech­ni­cian in charge of his own crew for Allen’s United Drainage and Earth­works in Hamilton.

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